November 2017

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4:15 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, October 29
4:15 PM
Owsley Brown,
United States,
2008,
(114 mins)
Filmed across the mountains, plateaus, and sacred sites of Tibet, The Precious Treasury offers a meditation “rooted solely in sight and sound.” Edited by Nathaniel Dorsky. With short Offerings from Nangchen.
At BAMPFA
  • Owsley Brown
    In Person
Sunday, October 29
7 PM
Chantal Akerman,
Belgium, France, Germany,
1978,
(127 mins)

Digital Restoration

Akerman’s semi-autobiographical work depicts the travels of a filmmaker on tour in Europe with a new film, and brings up an entire history of migrations and social changes in Europe.
At BAMPFA
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Monday, October 30
6:30 PM
Keltner, a UC Berkeley professor and codirector of the Greater Good Science Center, talks about art and empathy.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
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Wednesday, November 1
12 PM
Watson, partner and creative director at Design IO, presents his work at the intersection of art and science and talks with Siegel, director of the UC Botanical Garden.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 1
12:15 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 1
3:10 PM
Jennifer Baichwal ,
Canada,
2006,
(90 mins)

35mm Print

This quietly provocative consideration of the mechanized sublime follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape. Peter Mettler served as cinematographer and creative collaborator.
At BAMPFA
Special admission: General: $13.50; BAMPFA members: $9.50; UC Berkeley students: $7.50; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50.
  • Peter Mettler
    Lecture
    Toronto-based filmmaker Mettler, who was a creative collaborator as well as cinematographer on Manufactured Landscapes, will discuss the making of the film and his approach to the visual language of c
Wednesday, November 1
6 PM
We celebrate the publication of Perl’s major biography of Alexander Calder with this reading and conversation featuring the author and the president of the Calder Foundation.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Series Readings 2017
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 1
7 PM
(75 mins)
Canyon employee and Total Mobile Home founder David Sherman presents a program that explores place and time through artists’ observations and others’ documentation, including works by Dominic Angerame, Greta Snider, Michael Wallin, and Sherman, from 1988 to 2002.
At BAMPFA
In Person
  • David Sherman
    Introduction by
  • Dominic Angerame
    Introduction by
  • Greta Snider
    Introduction by
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Thursday, November 2
1:15 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
4-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 2
4-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Thursday, November 2
4–7 PM
Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 2
7 PM
Peter Mettler,
Canada, Switzerland,
1994,
(83 mins)

New Digital Restoration

Mettler’s remarkable documentary about the Northern Lights is his most fully realized cinematic expression of his quest for a spiritual synthesis of “self and surround.”
At BAMPFA
In Conversation
  • Peter Mettler
  • Michael Fox
    Michael Fox is a Bay Area–based film critic and journalist who regularly teaches a course on documentary film.
All Day
Thursday, November 2
All Day
Galleries free all day.
At BAMPFA
Admission free
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Friday, November 3
4 PM
Gordon Parks,
United States,
1986,
(91 mins)
In this beautiful, expressionistic essay film, Gordon Parks reflects on how America shaped him, from his childhood on a Kansas farm to the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. With shorts Flavio and Diary of a Harlem Family.
At BAMPFA
4-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Friday, November 3
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Friday, November 3
5 PM
Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, November 3
6 PM
Join artist McIntosh for a calligraphy workshop inspired by the artworks in To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
7 PM
Friday, November 3
7 PM

Programmed by Sarah Cahill

This all-reed quintet makes its second appearance at BAMPFA with a program of new music featuring the world premiere of a work by composer Sky Macklay.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
7:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, November 3
7:30 PM
Olivier Assayas,
France,
1996,
(104 mins)
Maggie Cheung plays “herself” as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot. With short Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung.
At BAMPFA
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Saturday, November 4
1 PM
Art historian Berger explores Chen Hongshou’s enigmatic Buddhist paintings, which offer a glimpse into a cataclysmic moment in Chinese history. Followed by a discussion with Robert Sharf.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
11 AM–9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 4
11 AM–9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Saturday, November 4
5 PM
Mathilde Damoisel,
France, Switzerland,
2016,
(104 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the November 4 screening

Back by popular demand! This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
At BAMPFA
7:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 4
7:30 PM
Peter Mettler,
Canada, Switzerland,
2012,
(114 mins)
Mettler’s meditation on time and perception is “immersive and hypnotic . . . a ravishingly beautiful experience (Hollywood Reporter).
At BAMPFA
In Conversation
  • Peter Mettler
  • Michael Fox
    Michael Fox is a Bay Area–based film critic and journalist who regularly teaches a course on documentary film.
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11 AM-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 5
11 AM-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 5
2 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
Sunday, November 5
2 PM
Sergei Eisenstein,
USSR,
1925,
(70 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Sergei Eisenstein’s classic on revolution and rebellion, told almost entirely through riveting images, can be appreciated for “not only the perfection of its form, but the humanitarianism and enthusiasm that impregnated its revolutionary subject” (Georges Sadoul).
At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 5
4 PM
Peter Mettler,
Canada,
2009,
(71 mins)
Shot primarily from a helicopter, Petropolis offers an unparalleled view of the scope—and environmental impact—of the mining of Canada’s tar sands, the world’s largest industrial, capital, and energy project. With Mettler’s Balifilm.
At BAMPFA
  • Peter Mettler
    In Person
Sunday, November 5
7 PM

Free on the outdoor screen, rain or shine!

Watch the final performance of the hit Berkeley Rep musical, free on the outdoor screen!
At BAMPFA
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 5
7 PM
Olivier Assayas,
France,
1996,
(104 mins)
Maggie Cheung plays “herself” as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot. With short Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung.
At BAMPFA
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Monday, November 6
6:30 PM
The acclaimed designer, educator, and author talks about the pervasive influence of design in contemporary life.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
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Wednesday, November 8
12 PM
The founders of Maker Faire share their evolving approach to curating experiences and communities, in conversation with the director of the UC Botanical Garden.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 8
12:15 PM
Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 8
3:10 PM
Emiko Omori,
United States,
1999,
(85 mins)
Emiko Omori’s poetic documentary brings to first light the courageous acts of protest and even rebellion that marked the Japanese internment during World War II.
At BAMPFA
Special admission: General: $13.50; BAMPFA members: $9.50; UC Berkeley students: $7.50; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50.
  • Emiko Omori
    Lecture
    Director/cinematographer Omori will speak about her influences, from the Maysles brothers to Errol Morris to Chris Marker.
  • Pat Jackson
    In Person
    Editor Pat Jackson will join Emiko Omori after the screening to discuss the making of Rabbit in the Moon.
7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, November 8
7 PM
Chantal Akerman,
Belgium, France,
1999,
(70 mins)
Chantal Akerman’s film on the American South “conjures the ghosts of the hate crimes and lynchings that have plagued that part of the US for decades. [South] makes its sorrowful points succinctly” (Variety).
At BAMPFA
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4-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 9
4-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
7 PM
Thursday, November 9
7 PM
John Akomfrah,
United Kingdom,
2011,
(94 mins)
John Akomfrah uses Homer’s Odyssey as a point of departure for this cinematic exploration of migration, exile, alienation, and the definition of home, with the experiences of Caribbean and African migrants in the 1950s as its base.
At BAMPFA
  • Stephen Best
    Introduction by
    Stephen Best is an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley.
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Friday, November 10
4 PM
Mathilde Damoisel,
France, Switzerland,
2016,
(104 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the November 4 screening

Back by popular demand! This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
At BAMPFA
4-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Friday, November 10
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Friday, November 10
5 PM
Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, November 10
6 PM

Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

Oakland-based creative organization the Black Aesthetic invites you to a screening of Christian Johnson’s short film A Moment of Truth + Sin.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, November 10
7 PM
Wong Kar-wai,
Hong Kong,
2000,

Imported 35mm Print

Wong Kar-wai’s romantic masterpiece tracks the relationship between two neighbors (Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai) in early 1960s Hong Kong. “Has a strong claim to being the best-looking film you’ll ever see” (Empire).
At BAMPFA
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Saturday, November 11
1 PM
Follow Martin Wong from the Bay Area to New York City’s Lower East Side in this discussion with Sean Corcoran, Yasmin Ramirez, Barry Blinderman, and Jane Dickson.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
11:30–1:00
Saturday, November 11
11:30–1:00

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

See how Martin Wong used American Sign Language in his paintings, then learn about this compelling visual language as you create your own art.
At BAMPFA
For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
Free for kids plus one adult
  • Plinio Hernandez
    With artist
    Plinio Hernandez is an educator and project-based artist who holds a BFA in photography from Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA from UC Berkeley.
1:00–2:30
Saturday, November 11
1:00–2:30

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

See how Martin Wong used American Sign Language in his paintings, then learn about this compelling visual language as you create your own art.
At BAMPFA
For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
Free for kids plus one adult
  • Plinio Hernandez
    With artist
    Plinio Hernandez is an educator and project-based artist who holds a BFA in photography from Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA from UC Berkeley.
2:30-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 11
2:30-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Saturday, November 11
3 PM

Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

Get immersed in the gripping story of a young woman living by herself on a deserted island, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home.
At BAMPFA
Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
Free for kids plus one adult
  • Jana Vourgourakis
    Reading led by
    Jana Vourgourakis is an educator in BAMPFA’s school field-trips program.
4:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 11
4:30 PM
Michael Collins,
United States,
2016,
(98 mins)

Veterans Day screening cosponsored by KQED and the Cal Veteran Services Center at UC Berkeley

This documentary follows two friends as they walk from Wisconsin to California to bring attention to the plight of veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars. “Deepen[s] the picture of what troubles many veterans” (New York Times).
At BAMPFA
In Person
  • Michael Collins
  • Tom Voss
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Marty Syjuco
  • Rita Nakashima Brock
    Rita Nakashima Brock is Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America.
8 PM
Saturday, November 11
8 PM
Jamshed Usmonov,
Tajikistan,
2002,
(90 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

This affecting dark comedy depicts the travails of a tough ex-con (and former projectionist) who returns to his small village in Tajikistan.
At BAMPFA
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11 AM-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 12
11 AM-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 12
2 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
2 PM
Sunday, November 12
2 PM
Kote Mikaberidze,
USSR,
1929,
(65 mins)

BAMPFA Collection Print

Gogol meets Chaplin in this riotous, scathingly antibureaucratic satire, one of the eccentric high points of Soviet silent cinema, filled with expressionist décor, askew camera angles, and even puppetry and animation.
At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 12
4:30 PM
(60 mins)
Kwon presents her recent virtual reality projects (related to her acclaimed video pieces), including 489 Years, set in the DMZ between North and South Korea, and The Bird Lady, on a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary.
At BAMPFA
  • Hayoun Kwon
    In Person
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 12
7 PM
Peter Bratt,
United States,
2017,
(98 mins)
Peter Bratt’s intimate yet universal documentary profiles one of the US’s most dedicated community organizers, Dolores Huerta (cofounder of the United Farm Workers), and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social justice.
At BAMPFA
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Monday, November 13
6:30 PM
The University of Chicago’s deputy provost for the arts excavates the deep philosophical history of assemblage. 
At BAMPFA
Free admission
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Wednesday, November 15
12 PM
Coleman talks about working with the Kramlich Collection, a major private collection of media, film, and video art.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 15
12:15 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 15
3:10 PM
Douglas Sirk,
United States,
1957,
(91 mins)

35mm ’Scope Print

Rock Hudson plays a New Orleans newspaperman who develops an unprofessional fascination with carnival fliers Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone in Douglas Sirk’s drama, based on a story by William Faulkner and shot in sweeping CinemaScope black-and-white.
At BAMPFA
Special admission: General: $13.50; BAMPFA members: $9.50; UC Berkeley students: $7.50; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $10.50.
  • Elliot Davis
    Lecture
    Berkeley-based director/cinematographer Davis has worked with filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh, Catherine Hardwicke, and Charles Burnett.
7 PM
Wednesday, November 15
7 PM
(60 mins)
The artist joins us to present five of her short films using animation and new technologies that reflect on historical truth and personal meaning, whether in the Korean DMZ or modern France.
At BAMPFA
  • Hayoun Kwon
    In Person
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4-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 16
4-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 16
7 PM
Marlon Riggs,
United States,
1989,
(114 mins)
“Black men loving black men is the revolutionary act,” Marlon Riggs asserts with his experimental, poetic, erotic, fiercely proud, and highly influential personal documentary. With Richard O. Moore’s 1963 record of James Baldwin’s visit to San Francisco, Take This Hammer. 
At BAMPFA
  • Damon Young
    Introduction by
    Damon Young is an assistant professor of French and film & media at UC Berkeley.
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4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, November 17
4 PM
Gordon Parks,
United States,
1969,
(107 mins)
The first Hollywood studio film directed by an African American, The Learning Tree is Gordon Parks’s semiautobiographical portrait of black youth, racial discrimination, and masculinity in Depression-era Kansas.
At BAMPFA
  • Stephanie Cannizzo
    Introduction by
    Stephanie Cannizzo is an assistant curator at BAMPFA.
4-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Friday, November 17
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Friday, November 17
5 PM
Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, November 17
6 PM

Programmed by Tongo Eisen-Martin

Readings from poets Trevino, Chavez, and Heard.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Series Readings 2017
7 PM
  • Film
Friday, November 17
7 PM
Olivier Assayas,
France,
2004,
(111 mins)
Maggie Cheung was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of a junkie trying to get clean in order to win back her young son. Nick Nolte costars.
At BAMPFA
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11 AM–9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 18
11 AM–9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
3:30 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 18
3:30 PM
Peter Bratt,
United States,
2017,
(98 mins)
Peter Bratt’s intimate yet universal documentary profiles one of the US’s most dedicated community organizers, Dolores Huerta (cofounder of the United Farm Workers), and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social justice.
At BAMPFA
5:30 PM
Saturday, November 18
5:30 PM
Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh,
Vietnam,
2004,
(98 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

This Vietnamese coming-of-age story about a boy and his buffalo, set in French colonial Indochina circa 1940, won the special prize from the Youth Jury at the Locarno Film Festival.
At BAMPFA
8 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 18
8 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(107 mins)

New Digital Restoration

“Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
At BAMPFA
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11 AM-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 19
11 AM-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 19
11:30 AM
Jill Satterfield leads a monthly series of mindfulness and meditation sessions at BAMPFA.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Sunday, November 19
2 PM
Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
Sunday, November 19
2:30 PM
Mathilde Damoisel,
France, Switzerland,
2016,
(104 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the November 4 screening

Back by popular demand! This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
At BAMPFA
5 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 19
5 PM
Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll,
Uruguay,
2004,
(94 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

From Uruguay, a deadpan comedy about minor subterfuge and awkward loyalties, “the story of ordinary life artfully and touchingly told” (New York Times). “Swigs from the same bottle as Aki Kaurismäki” (Village Voice).
At BAMPFA
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 19
7 PM
Gordon Parks,
United States,
1971,
(100 mins)
A black private eye holds his own against underworld kings and corrupt cops in Gordon Parks’s seminal blaxploitation opus, with an Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes.
At BAMPFA
  • Maya Raiford Cohen
    Introduction by
    Maya Raiford Cohen is a curatorial intern at BAMPFA.
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Monday, November 20
6:30 PM
Kun, a writer, curator, USC professor, and MacArthur Fellow, explores how music can engage histories of erasure and displacement while imagining new forms of community and collaboration.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 22
12:15 PM
Explore a great Chinese painter’s work and his turbulent times with a tour of Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
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All Day
Thursday, November 23
All Day
At BAMPFA
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Friday, November 24
3:30 PM
Carl Theodor Dreyer,
France,
1928,
(81 mins)

New Digital Restoration

Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film focuses on the face as a landscape of the soul. Pauline Kael called it “one of the greatest of all movies.”
At BAMPFA
4-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Friday, November 24
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Friday, November 24
5 PM
Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
5:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, November 24
5:30 PM
Peter Bratt,
United States,
2017,
(98 mins)
Peter Bratt’s intimate yet universal documentary profiles one of the US’s most dedicated community organizers, Dolores Huerta (cofounder of the United Farm Workers), and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social justice.
At BAMPFA
7:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, November 24
7:30 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(107 mins)

New Digital Restoration

“Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
At BAMPFA
Friday, November 24
All Day
25
11 AM–9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 25
11 AM–9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
3:30 PM
Saturday, November 25
3:30 PM
Richard Lester,
United Kingdom,
1964,
(85 mins)

Digital Restoration
Recommended for ages 8 & up

Richard Lester’s hyperkinetic mod documentary captures the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania!
At BAMPFA
Recommended for ages 8 & up
5:30 PM
Saturday, November 25
5:30 PM
Orson Welles,
United States,
1941,
(119 mins)

35mm Print

A childhood memory is the ultimate red herring in Welles’s audacious debut. Gregg Toland’s deep-focus cinematography is just one reason why Kane still tops many critics’ lists of the best films of all time.
At BAMPFA
Saturday, November 25
8 PM
Douglas Sirk,
United States,
1957,

35mm Print

Rock Hudson plays a New Orleans newspaperman who develops an unprofessional fascination with carnival fliers Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone in Douglas Sirk’s drama, based on a story by William Faulkner and shot in sweeping CinemaScope black-and-white.
At BAMPFA
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11 AM-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 26
11 AM-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 26
2 PM
Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
Sunday, November 26
3 PM
Jennifer Baichwal ,
Canada,
2006,
(90 mins)

35mm Print

This quietly provocative consideration of the mechanized sublime follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape.
At BAMPFA
5 PM
Sunday, November 26
5 PM
Ingmar Bergman,
Sweden,
1957,
(96 mins)

BAMPFA Collection Print

A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Ingmar Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy rendered in chiaroscuro. “A magically powerful film” (Pauline Kael).
At BAMPFA
Sunday, November 26
7 PM
Peter Chan,
Hong Kong,
1996,
(118 mins)
Based on a song by legendary singer Teresa Teng, this romance about two mainland Chinese immigrants (Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai) in Hong Kong and then New York City won Best Picture, Director, and Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
At BAMPFA
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Monday, November 27
6:30 PM
Award-winning artist and filmmaker Julien returns to BAMPFA to present his film Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, followed by a discussion with UC Berkeley professor Butler.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
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Wednesday, November 29
12 PM
Three curators, all UC Berkeley alumni, explore the process of curating objects, new technologies, and public experiences.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 29
12:15 PM
Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
Wednesday, November 29
6 PM
Moletsane talks about her new Art Wall project with cultural strategist and curator Ekundayo.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 29
7 PM
(65 mins)
“For decades Nathaniel Dorsky has been making works of rare and sometimes startling beauty” (New York Times). He presents his latest, Abaton and Elohim, along with two hand-painted films by Stan Brakhage.
At BAMPFA
  • Nathaniel Dorsky
    In Person
30
4-7 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 30
4-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
7 PM
Thursday, November 30
7 PM
Stanley Kwan,
Hong Kong,
1992,
(126 mins)

Imported 35mm Print

Maggie Cheung stars in Stanley Kwan’s modernist biopic on the life and tragic early death of Chinese film star Ruan Lingyu. “A masterpiece . . . the greatest Hong Kong film I've seen” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
At BAMPFA
1
Friday, December 1
4 PM
Gordon Parks,
United States,
1984,
(115 mins)
Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s made-for-TV drama predates 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. It has “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake” (Bilge Ebiri).
At BAMPFA
4-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Friday, December 1
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Friday, December 1
5 PM
Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, December 1
6 PM

Programmed by Tongo Eisen-Martin

Léon, Cagney, and Alderete read their poetry.
At BAMPFA
Series Readings 2017
7 PM
  • Film
Friday, December 1
7 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(107 mins)

New Digital Restoration

“Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
At BAMPFA
2
Saturday, December 2
1 PM
Guest curator Stein explores Miyoko Ito’s life and work and presents excerpts from a rare video interview with the artist.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
11-9 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
Saturday, December 2
11-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Saturday, December 2
4 PM
Mathilde Damoisel,
France, Switzerland,
2016,
(104 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the November 4 screening

Back by popular demand! This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
At BAMPFA
Saturday, December 2
4:30 PM
Cal Performances presents the inimitable Claire Chase, flutist and MacArthur Fellow, a “staggering virtuoso who plays with the cocky assurance of a rock star” (Los Angeles Times).
At BAMPFA
Limited seating. Tickets available at the door or at calperformances.org.
6:30 PM
Saturday, December 2
6:30 PM
Hiroshi Teshigahara,
Japan,
1985,
(72 mins)

35mm Print

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s study of the visionary Catalan architect’s work, scored by the great Toru Takemitsu. “A masterpiece of visual poetry and aesthetic rumination” (Time Out New York).
At BAMPFA
Saturday, December 2
7:30 PM
Cal Performances presents the inimitable Claire Chase, flutist and MacArthur Fellow, a “staggering virtuoso who plays with the cocky assurance of a rock star” (Los Angeles Times).
At BAMPFA
Limited seating. Tickets available at the door or at calperformances.org.
8:15 PM
Saturday, December 2
8:15 PM
Tsui Hark,
Hong Kong,
1993,
(99 mins)
Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark delivers a wildly over-the-top wuxia fantasy about two snake sisters (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) so fascinated (or disgusted) with mankind that they take human form.
At BAMPFA